A peaceful candlelight demonstration at Hasan Square, Karachi was forcibly dispersed by police on Jan 7th 2002. Armed police officers manhandled women and children who were amongst the protesters who had gathered to urge restraint between Pakistan and India. Two demonstrators, Aslam Martin and Javed Iqbal Burki, were arrested.
The vigil was organised under the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee for Peace, which includes about 30 non-government organisations and a large number of unaffiliated citizens. Permisson for the rally had been provided by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on the previso that there would be no march.